Nowadays, there are many sites that offer rental housing for holidays. VRBO and Airbnb are some huge rental players for holiday homes in the travel industry.
What is the difference between Airbnb and VRBO?
If you are going on a trip, then you have a question, which site is more preferable for booking vacation rental.
Airbnb charges a 20% service fee. It includes a cleaning fee and an extra charge for guests. In addition, you will pay Airbnb fees and taxes. The VRBO / HomeAway visitor service charge is between 6% and 12%.
If you want to place your home on a VRBO, you have two alternatives. A VRBO rental covenant indicates that you can pay yearly charge of $499, which allows unlimited requests and bookings. If you prefer a payment structure for booking, you will be charged a fee, starting at 8% for booking. This number includes 5% of the commission charged for the rental, and 3% of the commission for a transaction on a credit card of the total amount of pay acquired from your visitor. By the way 2% may be charged if the credit card is not from the US.
In case VRBO is rented more than six weeks a year, the annual subscription is the best.
If we talk about Airbnb: Airbnb is more simple. There is no yearlyl subscription – you will pay a fixed 3% of the cost of each reservation. With Airbnb, you don’t have to pay any credit card fees.
Rating and reviews
There’s no single way for how to rank higher in Airbnb and VRBO’s search pages, but there are certainly best practices to follow.
At first, you’ll need to generate positive reviews, and this goes for both sites. If guests are staying without leaving a review, you may need to tactfully reach out and encourage them to do so. You’ll also need to respond to any negative reviews to assure potential guests that if there was a problem, you’ve already taken the steps to address it. Negative reviews are inevitable, but it’s how you respond to them that makes all the difference.
In addition, it’s important to include the right amount of photos for each website. To rank high on VRBO, you’ll need at least 24 high-quality photos of your home. There isn’t as steadfast a number for Airbnb, however you’ll need a minimum of 5 to appear in mobile search results.
Features for instant booking on Airbnb and VRBO
The Instant Booking features on VRBO and Airbnb are almost the same. You can enable or disable the function at any time. Both websites claim that enabling the function will likely give you a boost in ranking. In case you don’t feel comfortable with the guest for any reason, you can still cancel the reservation penalty-free. But if you cancel for any other reason, you’ll get the standard penalty for cancellations.
The guest experiences of each listing site are very similar. Airbnb and VRBO charge a service fee between 6% and 12% of the total, excluding taxes, which the guest pays.
The only major distinction is the number of single rooms for rent on Airbnb. It’s easier to find shared, shorter-term accommodation on Airbnb than VRBO.
Also, both websites require a closed communication system, so it’s difficult to form a relationship with your guests and determine whether your home would be right for them. If a guest calls VRBO or Airbnb for more information on your home, the agent they speak to can only provide as much information as is included in the listing.
Additionally, HomeAway is now pledging to track users online and take a cut of direct bookings. For example, if your guests find your home on HomeAway, but reach out to book directly through you, HomeAway is attempting to trace that user path, and charge you 10% of that booking.
Now, if you’re managing your vacation rental yourself, you can be sure you know the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of both websites.